Gold Rush Auction

Auction Details

Welcome to our Gold Rush sale of 2018!!

The sale features the Al Adams Gold Rush Memorabilia Collection
and a number of other prominent collections.

Mr. Adams has been collecting for over 40 years, and along the way assembled perhaps the best collection in private hands, making this sale a “Once in a Lifetime Event.” His specialty is an area few Americans ever knew about- the Georgia - North Carolina gold rush, c1799-1840’s, literally decades before the California Gold Rush. Just think about some of the great pieces in this collection:

*The first Gold Company stock certificate (1807)

*1830 Letter from Georgia Bank to US Mint asking what to do with the gold coming in

*Gold Lottery Tickets for Georgia land

*Gold Lot Deeds with Medals rarely seen by collectors

*Pigeon Roost Mining Co. scrip collection (1835-1838), possibly the finest assembled

*Belfast Mining Co. scrip collection (1830’s), finest assembled

*Dahlonega, Charlotte, San Francisco, Carson City, Denver, New Orleans, Philadelphia Mint gold bullion receipts

*Gold Rush era private assayer bullion receipts from California, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Arizona

*1840’s, 1850’s and 1860’s mining company stock certificates from both the east (Appalachian gold belt) and the West (California, Nevada, Colorado) – the best offering to date.

*Over two dozen different Nevada territorial stock certificates.

These tidbits are part of this unique sale, which makes it the best offering of its kind in history.

The Gold Rush sale is nothing short of phenomenal.

The Gold Rush Setting

Here is the setting under which the gold discoveries in Georgia and North Carolina were made:

…Imagine a world before the civil war, before the gold rush, right after the United States was formed. We had just created our first coinage in the early to mid 1790’s. As a country, we had just 16 states by 1800, which crept up to 24 states by 1821 and remained there for 15 years! Development of the areas south and west of and in the original 13 states was slow. It was called the “western frontier”. The “America” then consisted of Native Americans and expats from western Europe looking for a better life. Most were farmers or merchants. The “scientists” of the western world remained in western Europe. Mankind dint know much about geology- indeed, the first geologic map was printed in Europe in 1799, and it would take another 25-30 years before we had anything similar in America. The science of ore deposits was not well understood, and was only just recently out from under the mystique of Alchemy.

Enter the discovery of a gold nugget in North Carolina in 1799. It took fully 29 years before substantive gold discoveries were made in Georgia and North Carolina. Here is the amazing part- these discoveries were made from good-old American ingenuity. Not one single miner had an education in mining in Europe. As far as is known, not a single man in the Georgia, North Carolina gold rush had been a miner. These men developed the ability to look for gold and mining systems on their own in the American wilderness, a marvelous feat of accomplishment – a true iconic part of American ingenuity at its best.

More on the Auction

To add to this remarkable collection are hundreds of mining artifacts, including many collected from Georgia mines, as well as a fantastic Numismatic library inclusive of many rarities.

*Other collections featured include the collection of Robert Bennett, a well known mining geologist who spent a good part of his career working the Goldfield district. During his 45-plus year career, he collected high grade ore specimens from many major mines he was lucky enough to work on, and these are dutifully included in this sale, as are gold and fabulous turquoise specimens from longtime collector Jerry Gray of Carson City.

*Our friend Vern Potter, a national ephemera dealer known to all, retired from the business and gave us his massive collection, some of which is here, including gold rush era exchanges, important maps, and special documents you haven’t seen in decades (more in coming sales!). Added to this are pieces from the Ken Prag Collection, which keeps on coming with great rarities!

*Gold rush era coins, such as a complete Hart gold token set, -all graded and holdered; a number of Carson City coins; a fabulous 999 fine golden egg custom made for an Arizona collector in 1982; gold rush era soda bottles in hues of cobalt blue, teal, green from San Francisco, Sacramento and Savannah; Nevada mining camp bottles; Pawnee Bill full color posters – an integral part of Western history all supplement an otherwise terrific sale; and choice western mining photographs.

*Rare books with a mining theme are also present, from several collections, including the Robert Fulton collection (former head of Univ. Nevada, reno in the 1920’s). A key piece from one of the collections is an inscribed Sutro Tunnel book to Melville Atwood from the “Father of Arizona” Charles D. Poston.

*The mining stock certificate collections offered here are among the best ever offered by us. They include four major collections. including the Laguna Collection of rare Arizona stocks, part of a major Bodie collection, antique firearms, and rare Tahoe gaming chips.

*Western revenue checks with a focus on the Comstock Lode

Auction Schedule

Day One (Lots 1000-1755)
Numismatics (1000-1577)
U.S. Mint (1000-1068)
Coins & Coins Collectibles (1069-1208)
Ingots (1209-1215)
Currency, Scrip, & Currency Collectibles (1216-1357)
Checks & Exchanges (1358-1424)
Tokens (1425-1489)
Medals (1490-1553)
Scales (1554-1581)

Wells Fargo & Other Express (1582-1693)
Adams & Co. (1582-1606)
Wells Fargo (1607-1676)
Other Express (1677-1693)

World’s Fair & Expositions (1694-1707)

Gaming (1708-1728)

Jewelry & Watches (1729-1755)


Day Two (Lots 1756-1770) & (Lots 2000-2731)
Gold Nuggets & Specimens (1756-1770)
Minerals (2000-2149)
Mining Part I (2150-2731)
Assay (2150-2278)
Explosives (2279-2291)
Mining Lighting (2292-2298)
Mining Artifacts & Tools (2299-2231)
Mining Art (2232-2354)
Geographic (Alabama-California) (2355-2731)

Day Three (Lots 3000-3727)
Mining Part II
Geographic (Colorado-Foreign) (3000-3691)
Books (3692-3727)

Day Four (Lots 4000-4717)
Bottles (4000-4094)
Railroadiana (4095-4222)
Passes (4095-4176)
Ephemera (4177-4222)
Civil War (4223-4259)
Pawnee Bill Broadsides (4260 & 4261)
Firearms & Weaponry (4262-4315)
General Americana feat. California & Georgia Gold Rush Ephemera
Geographic Sort (4316-4637)
Miscellaneous incl. Art, General Store, Maps, & Books (4638-4717)





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Tonopah & Goldfield Railroad Co. Pass Collection4140 - Tonopah & Goldfield Railroad Co. Pass Collection
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Six passes issued for 1918, 1920, 1924 (2), 1925, and 1926. Five are issued to W.R. Scott, president of the Southern Pacific Lines. The other pass is
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to e******t for (275.00 + 68.75) x 1 = 343.75
 
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Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad Pass Trio4141 - Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad Pass Trio
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 3. 1) 1918 pass for Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad / Death Valley Railroad. Issued to W.R. Scott, vice-president and gen. manager of Southe...
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Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to i*****l for (300.00 + 75.00) x 1 = 375.00
 
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Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Railway Co. Pass, 1886, Issued to Montana Indian Trader4142 - Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Railway Co. Pass, 1886, Issued to Montana Indian Trader
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Very nice looking pictorial pass with two vignettes (locomotive and factory) printed on blue cardstock. No. 1194, issued for 1886 to T.C. Power, gener
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to j*********t for (55.00 + 13.75) x 1 = 68.75
 
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Three New York Railroad Passes4143 - Three New York Railroad Passes
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) Two different for The New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad Company. Issued in 1897 and 1900, signed by different presidents. Green and purp...
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Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to j*********t for (30.00 + 7.50) x 1 = 37.50
 
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Two 1880s Troy & Boston Railroad Passes4144 - Two 1880s Troy & Boston Railroad Passes
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Issued in 1886 and 1887 to the same person, Charles Haines, president of the Hoosac Valley RR Co. Both are signed by the superintendent (illegible). S
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Start Price : 30.00 | Estimates : 60.00 - 150.00
 
 
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West Shore Railroad Pass, 18884145 - West Shore Railroad Pass, 1888
Holabird Western Americana Collections
New York Central an Hudson River Railroad lessee. Pass No. A2870, issued for 1888 to JH Whiteman, agent for New Jersey Short Line. Signed by general m
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Estimates : 50.00 - 150.00
Sold to r******8 for (35.00 + 8.75) x 1 = 43.75
 
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Raleigh and Gaston & Raleigh and Augusta Air Line Rail Road Co. Pass, 18744146 - Raleigh and Gaston & Raleigh and Augusta Air Line Rail Road Co. Pass, 1874
Holabird Western Americana Collections
No. 643, issued in 1874 to N.H. Hatchkiss, esq., traveling agent for C & O RR. Signed by supt. Andrews. Pass is soiled, and has paper/glue resid...
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Cleveland, Mt. Vernon & Delaware Railroad Pass, 18764147 - Cleveland, Mt. Vernon & Delaware Railroad Pass, 1876
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Includes Massillon Branch. Pass No. 308, issued for 1876 to N.H. Hotchkiss, freight solicitor for Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. Printed signature ...
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Start Price : 40.00 | Estimates : 80.00 - 100.00
 
 
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Two 1870s Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & Indianapolis Railway Passes4148 - Two 1870s Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & Indianapolis Railway Passes
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) Low No. 7 issued for 1873 to W.W. Walker, chief engineer for Burl. C.R. & Minn. RR. Printed signature of general superintendent E.J. Flint. R...
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Oregon Pacific & Eastern Railway Co. Pass, 19304149 - Oregon Pacific & Eastern Railway Co. Pass, 1930
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Low No. 9 issued for 1930 to Ward Wire, general manager of the Colorado & Wyoming Railroad. Printed signature and live signature of president S....
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Estimates : 40.00 - 80.00
Sold to j*********t for (40.00 + 10.00) x 1 = 50.00
 
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Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago Railway Co. Special Ticket, 18664150 - Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago Railway Co. Special Ticket, 1866
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Special Ticket (United State Military Ticket crossed out). Destination is New York. Good over Penn. Central Railroad from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg for
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Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to r******8 for (55.00 + 13.75) x 1 = 68.75
 
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Youghiogheny Railroad Pass, 1886, w/ Map on Reverse4151 - Youghiogheny Railroad Pass, 1886, w/ Map on Reverse
Holabird Western Americana Collections
No. 998, issued for 1886 to Chas. D. Haines, president of the Seneca Falls Cayuga Railroad. Signed by John F. Wolf as superintendent. Reverse of the p
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Estimates : 80.00 - 150.00
Sold to d******H for (40.00 + 10.00) x 1 = 50.00
 
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Old Colony & Newport Railway Company Pass, 18724152 - Old Colony & Newport Railway Company Pass, 1872
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Issued to TJ Charlesworth, supt. of Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway. Signed by J.R. Kendrick, superintendent. Ornate logo and border. Som...
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Estimates : 80.00 - 150.00
Sold to d******H for (25.00 + 6.25) x 1 = 31.25
 
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1876 Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad Pass4153 - 1876 Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad Pass
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Number 635 to N. H. Hotchkiss, solicitor of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. 1876. Front is in excellent condition with one small stain middle r...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to y********t for (50.00 + 12.50) x 1 = 62.50
 
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Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio Railway Pass4154 - Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio Railway Pass
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Number 444 to NH Hotchkiss, travel agent, Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. Major Hotchkiss was born in New York and moved to Virginia about 1859. He ...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (60.00 + 15.00) x 1 = 75.00
 
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Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway Pass4155 - Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway Pass
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Number 434 to NH Hotchkiss, solicitor, Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. 1876. Major Hotchkiss was born in New York and moved to Virginia about 1859. ...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to r******8 for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway Co. Pass Collection4156 - Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway Co. Pass Collection
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 18 passes. Includes: 1908, 1911, 1912, 1915, two 1916 (one with stamp), 1917, 1920, 1922, two different 1923, two different 1924, three differ
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to j*********t for (65.00 + 16.25) x 1 = 81.25
 
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Quanah, Acme & Pacific Railway Company Pass, 19264157 - Quanah, Acme & Pacific Railway Company Pass, 1926
Holabird Western Americana Collections
No. A68, issued for 1926 to W.R. Scott (president of Southern Pacific Lines in Texas & Louisiana), car officers and employees. Signed by the pre...
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Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to d******H for (15.00 + 3.75) x 1 = 18.75
 
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Texas & Pacific Railway Annual Pass (1876)4158 - Texas & Pacific Railway Annual Pass (1876)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
No. 635, issued for 1876 to N.H. Hotchkiss, freight solicitor for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. Signed by George Noble as general superintende...
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Start Price : 35.00 | Estimates : 70.00 - 150.00
 
 
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Texas Railroad Pass Collection4159 - Texas Railroad Pass Collection
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 8 passes from 3 railroads. All but one of the passes are issued to W.R. Scott, president of the Southern Pacific Lines. 1) Three passes for the
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Estimates : 50.00 - 150.00
Sold to d******H for (40.00 + 10.00) x 1 = 50.00
 
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